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Hey guys just wanted to join in and say I've had this board for a long time and I love it! It allows me to run three 19" DVI displays, each on their own GPU, plus two others over HDMI. I can easily switch from this to SLI for gaming. Always been a fan of MSI and this is the most stable yet most flexible machine I've ever had. PATA support is a great plus, allowing me to keep and use my old but dependable optical drives.

I recently opened my case to upgrade my memory and I have group 4 LEDs (LED4 & LED5) alternating red/green. I've been having trouble finding documentation regarding these LEDs when you have a good posting system. Does anyone know or have a chart? I'm suspecting power issues. It wasn't flashing last time I put my machine together, and I went through all the troubleshooting stuff (200 MHz, 1 DIMM, no PCI-x cards, no drives, powering only the motherboard).

Also I have Kingston HyperX 6400 DDR2 and I wonder if people could share their experiences with voltage, timing, and frequency. Is higher voltage always better stability? If you are passionate about the tight timing/high frequency debate, chime in please.

Here's my machine:

MSI K9N2 SLI Platinum
X2 6000+ @ 3.0
4GB (4x1GB) HyperX 6400 @ 800
2x XFX GeForce 8600GT
WDC WD32000AA 320GB
Rosewill RD-450 2DB 450W 16/14A 2-Rail
3x 19" LCDs, 2x 40" LCDs
Used primarily for Adobe CS4, MS Office, DAZ Studio, Audio recording/sampling, Home Theatre, & Triplehead gaming with SoftTH.
Edited by LtUlrich - 10/30/09 at 10:02pm
post #52 of 831
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Welcome to the club Lt Ulrich. As for your problem, I am suspecting that your PSU is the culprit. You say its only 16A on the 12v rail? That's weak to me.

Also try setting the computer outside of the case. Use a cardboard paper and test them outside. Use 1 memory stick next to the cpu and test.
post #53 of 831
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Originally Posted by LtUlrich View Post
Hey guys just wanted to join in and say I've had this board for a long time and I love it! It allows me to run three 19" DVI displays, each on their own GPU, plus two others over HDMI. I can easily switch from this to SLI for gaming. Always been a fan of MSI and this is the most stable yet most flexible machine I've ever had. PATA support is a great plus, allowing me to keep and use my old but dependable optical drives.

I recently opened my case to upgrade my memory and I have group 4 LEDs (LED4 & LED5) alternating red/green. I've been having trouble finding documentation regarding these LEDs when you have a good posting system. Does anyone know or have a chart? I'm suspecting power issues. It wasn't flashing last time I put my machine together, and I went through all the troubleshooting stuff (200 MHz, 1 DIMM, no PCI-x cards, no drives, powering only the motherboard).

Also I have Kingston HyperX 6400 DDR2 and I wonder if people could share their experiences with voltage, timing, and frequency. Is higher voltage always better stability? If you are passionate about the tight timing/high frequency debate, chime in please.

Here's my machine:

MSI K9N2 SLI Platinum
X2 6000+ @ 3.0
4GB (4x1GB) HyperX 6400 @ 800
2x XFX GeForce 8600GT
WDC WD32000AA 320GB
Rosewill RD-450 2DB 450W 16/14A 2-Rail
3x 19" LCDs, 2x 40" LCDs
Used primarily for Adobe CS4, MS Office, DAZ Studio, Audio recording/sampling, Home Theatre, & Triplehead gaming with SoftTH.
That PSU is tooo weak for your setup.
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post #54 of 831
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Yeah that's what I stated in the post.

@LtUlrich- What's your budget? There are good quality PSU I can recommend depending on your budget.

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That PSU is tooo weak for your setup.
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well. i feel dumb.. I lost all of my OC settings.
Ive got this though. http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=498491
Edited by xc rider - 10/31/09 at 2:58pm
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post #57 of 831
Thanks for the responses. I'm pretty sure it's the power supply too. CPU core is 1.35 and my voltages are all slightly over their targets (I'm at work now so I don't have the numbers.)

I'm not about to remove my motherboard because of a couple flashing lights when there is no percievable problem. I'm really hoping to find a full chart for those lights.

The reason I stuck with a smallish PSU is because my video cards require secondary power only through the motherboard and I only have 1 HD and 1 DVD-ROM. No lights were flashing when I built it, and the lights were flashing before I did anything the other day when I opened it, so I guess it's just a current efficiency thing. I want to get a heftier one for when I upgrade my video cards and I'm open to suggestions. Budget would be less than a hundred.

About the memory, I wanted to start a discussion because when I looked into it I found that my 'auto' settings were putting my ram at T2, CAS 5, 1.8V, 800 MHz. I printed the SPD stuff and it said that config 0 (default I thought, or 'auto' in the BIOS) was 2.1V, 1T, and CAS 4, I think. I set my voltage to 2.2V (I think) and was able to set the CAS to 3, 1T. This is all with the flashing lights (low current probably). I still need to verify and bench my current settings but I was pretty surprised that I'm stable with the low latencies and high frequency. As far as the other numbers I'll tinker with them when I know more and once I'm sure I'm stable. This board only goes to 2.2V so I wonder, for those of us limited to DDR2 800 and 2.2V, how low does your latency go, and what's the first sign of instability when testing?

EDIT: Oh and by the way I'm not overclocking right now but I will be. I was up to 206 or so a while back with the same ram on the high-latency 'auto' settings above.
Edited by LtUlrich - 10/31/09 at 3:37pm
post #58 of 831
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That's pretty good. Its okay, just re-do them again.

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well. i feel dumb.. I lost all of my OC settings.
Ive got this though. http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=498491

The link doesn't work. Do you really have this mobo??

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post #59 of 831
Thread Starter 
What light code did it show up? Refer to the manual guide (which can be downloaded on the 1st page) and check the code on page 2-26.

Like I mentioned before, that psu of yours is very weak for your setup. Test the computer using onboard graphics. No vga card installed.

Could you please list the specs of computer (brand name, etc)? I need to know what exactly you're working with. As for your ram, you need to put it at the correct settings. I believe its supposed to be 5-5-5-15.

Be sure to put it at the correct settings.

CAS# Latency (CL) 5.0 clocks
RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) 5 clocks
RAS# Precharge (tRP) 5 clocks
Cycle Time (tRAS) 15



Specify voltage to 2.2, I am assuming you have this kit right here.

Give feedback when done!

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Originally Posted by LtUlrich View Post
Thanks for the responses. I'm pretty sure it's the power supply too. CPU core is 1.35 and my voltages are all slightly over their targets (I'm at work now so I don't have the numbers.)

I'm not about to remove my motherboard because of a couple flashing lights when there is no percievable problem. I'm really hoping to find a full chart for those lights.

The reason I stuck with a smallish PSU is because my video cards require secondary power only through the motherboard and I only have 1 HD and 1 DVD-ROM. No lights were flashing when I built it, and the lights were flashing before I did anything the other day when I opened it, so I guess it's just a current efficiency thing. I want to get a heftier one for when I upgrade my video cards and I'm open to suggestions. Budget would be less than a hundred.

About the memory, I wanted to start a discussion because when I looked into it I found that my 'auto' settings were putting my ram at T2, CAS 5, 1.8V, 800 MHz. I printed the SPD stuff and it said that config 0 (default I thought, or 'auto' in the BIOS) was 2.1V, 1T, and CAS 4, I think. I set my voltage to 2.2V (I think) and was able to set the CAS to 3, 1T. This is all with the flashing lights (low current probably). I still need to verify and bench my current settings but I was pretty surprised that I'm stable with the low latencies and high frequency. As far as the other numbers I'll tinker with them when I know more and once I'm sure I'm stable. This board only goes to 2.2V so I wonder, for those of us limited to DDR2 800 and 2.2V, how low does your latency go, and what's the first sign of instability when testing?

EDIT: Oh and by the way I'm not overclocking right now but I will be. I was up to 206 or so a while back with the same ram on the high-latency 'auto' settings above.
post #60 of 831
These are my modules here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104019

The manual only shows the lights' purpose during boot and in case of no post. I'm up and running and group 4 (LEDs 4 & 5) are alternating red/green.

I've gone down to barebones, no video cards, PCI cards, drives or USB devices, tested each ram module in DIMM1, and made sure I was powering only the motherboard.

The LEDs continue to flash regardless of my memory settings, cpu settings, etc. I also made sure that my FDD controller was not looking for an absent drive.

As far as the brand, it's my build:

Athlon X2 6000+
MSI K9N2 SLI Platinum
Rosewill RD-450DB PSU
4x 1GB Kingston HyperX PC6400 (KHX6400D2LL)
2x XFX 8600GT
WDC 320 SATA2
Pioneer DVD/R IDE

Still at work so I will get more specific in a later post.
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